Illinois Tool Works: An Exercise In Fair Value (ITW)

Illinois Tool Works, Inc. manufactures industrial products and equipment. It operates through the following segments: Automotive OEM, Test & Measurement and Electronics, Food Equipment, Polymers & Fluids, Welding, Construction Products, and Specialty Products. The Automotive OEM segment produces components and fasteners for automotive-related applications. The Test & Measurement and Electronics segment manufactures equipment, consumables, and Read more about Illinois Tool Works: An Exercise In Fair Value (ITW)[…]

Debunking the Growth Beats Value or Value Beats Growth Myths

Introduction The Value Beats Growth Or Vice Versa Myths  One of my greatest pet peeves as a long-time investment professional is the industries’ notion that stocks can be generally categorized into only two styles commonly referred to as growth investing or value investing.  These overly-vague notions about investing in stocks can even be seen in Read more about Debunking the Growth Beats Value or Value Beats Growth Myths[…]

$TSN Subscriber Request Series: Tyson Foods (NYS:TSN)

FAST Graphs Analyze Out Loud Video on Tyson Foods (NYS:TSN) Tyson Foods, Inc. engages in the production of processed food. It operates through the following segments: Chicken, Beef, Pork, and Prepared Foods. The Chicken segment involves in domestic operations related to raising and processing live chickens into fresh, frozen, and value-added chicken products, as well Read more about $TSN Subscriber Request Series: Tyson Foods (NYS:TSN)[…]

$GE General Electric: Important Lessons on Valuation (NYS:GE)

Introduction A regular viewer of our FAST Graphs channel has asked me to review General Electric (GE) on several occasions.  His real question is could FAST Graphs have alerted us to the forthcoming pending problems that General Electric suffered back in 2001 or 2003?   The answer is straightforward and would apply to investing in any Read more about $GE General Electric: Important Lessons on Valuation (NYS:GE)[…]

$LOW Nice Work Dividend Sensei – But I Choose Lowe’s (NYS:LOW)

Introduction I am a firm believer and ardent supporter of conducting comprehensive research and due diligence on any company (stock) you might consider investing in.  However, I have also experienced the reality that far too many investors make their decisions based on opinions, emotions or vague ideas about a company, instead of on comprehensive knowledge Read more about $LOW Nice Work Dividend Sensei – But I Choose Lowe’s (NYS:LOW)[…]

Ignore Political and Economic Forecasts: Mind Your Owned Businesses

Introduction In his Berkshire Hathaway 1994 annual report Warren Buffett said ignore political and economic forecasts.  I considered this one of the more profound pieces of investment advice and wisdom that I ever came across.  It has been my opinion prior to and since I read this advice that investors spend way too much time Read more about Ignore Political and Economic Forecasts: Mind Your Owned Businesses[…]

Subscriber Request Series: Carnival Corp (NYS:CCL)

FAST Graphs Analyze Out Loud Video on Carnival Corp (NYS:CCL) Carnival Corp. engages in the operation of cruise ships. It operates through the following business segments: North America; Europe, Australia, and Asia (EEA); Cruise Support; and Tour and Other. The North America segment includes Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, and Seabourn. The Read more about Subscriber Request Series: Carnival Corp (NYS:CCL)[…]

$TGT arget Corp.: Defying the Retail Apocalypse (NYS:TGT)

Introduction My personal anecdotal experience suggests that many investors operate under the fallacy: “my mind’s made up – don’t confuse me with the facts.”  This behavior often results from only reading the headlines while skimming over the in-depth analysis that is truly needed to make a sound or prudent investing decision. A current case in Read more about $TGT arget Corp.: Defying the Retail Apocalypse (NYS:TGT)[…]

$AVP Avon is Calling: Invest In The Growth or Speculate On The Takeover NYS:AVP

Introduction Avon’s Historical Operating Results and Price Action Since 2008 Avon’s earnings have continuously eroded and its stock price has followed.  Moreover, after its dividend grew for many years, the company cut it by 18 ½% for 2012, slashed it an additional 68% in 2013 and then eliminated their dividend altogether in 2016.  As a Read more about $AVP Avon is Calling: Invest In The Growth or Speculate On The Takeover NYS:AVP[…]